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san francisco's sheriff is due this court tomorrow but the fight may be just beginning. we show you what is next. the rain and now the wind and high surf. the forecast is changing by the minute. we will let you know what to expect for the morning commute. the news starts right now. good evening. we begin with a search for
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missing 15-year -old girl in the south bay. crews search for the third straight day and despite word of a possible break in the case, officials say there are no closer to finding the girl. nbc bay area's stephanie has the latest turn in events. >> reporter: investigators thought they caught a break when they found a cell phone in a creek near sierra lamar's house and that is where she was last seen friday morning bau spokesman said it you ruled out as her cell phone because the family didn't recognize it and until they uncover new evidence or information the search for sierra will be the last, at least for now. >> it is really hard. >> reporter: especially because everything seemed fine friday morning when she said good-bye to her 15-year-old daughter before she left for school. >> we gave each other a big hug good-bye and said we loved each other and she's been in a great mood. >> reporter: lamar said she didn't suspect anything was
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wrong until 6:00 friday night, 12 hours after sierra left. staff at the high school e-mailed her to tell her that sierra hadn't been to her classes. >> i wasn't happy when i was notified that way. >> reporter: investigators say that delay is partly to blame for leaving behind a cold trail. complicating their investigation in to whether she ran away, which she has never done before, or if she was kidnapped. day three of the search focused op fields an sierra's house. beginning with a quarter-mile stretch to where she usually catches the bus. crews went out in the morning on foot with dogs. a helicopter took over the search before night fall. but neither effort paid off with a single clue. >> my heart went out to the family. i don't know them. >> so vicki from morgan hill brought her 13-year-old daughter out to post flyers around town. they don't personally know sierra but wouldn't settle for sitting around. >> a lot of people from the community behind her.
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if she needs any help, food, anything. >> it hurts because she's only 15. she hadn't even lived her life yet and i'm 13 and it is so sad. >> now sierra moved from fremont to morgan hill five months ago. investigators say they are father lives in fremont but is not a pen of interest and he's been cooperative and they have no reason to search there. the investigation turns back to interviewing family, friends and other contacts who may help to move forward the case. live in the newsroom, diane, back to you. >> thank you. . the alameda county coroner's office identified a body that washed up on the rocks this weekend. authorities say it is douglas jones of berkeley. this oakland tribune said the employee of his lordship railroad found the body yesterday morning. emergency crews pronounced him dead at the scene. this were no obvious signs of trauma on the body. his death is under
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investigation. they were supposed be on the way to paradise but a plane full of people on a hawaiian air flit from oakland wound up in san francisco instead. hawaii airlines flight made an emergency landing at sfo after reporting mechanical difficulties. the flight made it over the pacific ocean before turning around and making an emergency landing at sfo. no word on the exact problem but preliminary reports are pointing to a problem with one of the plane's engines. no injuries were reported. san francisco sheriff, is scheduled to be in court tomorrow for sentencing after striking a plea bargain in his domestic violence case. the sheriff pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment last week. he will likely be fined $590 and sentenced to three years probation and a year of anger management. the prosecutors dropped counts of domestic violence, child endanger and dissuading a witness. he is accused of bruising his wife's arm during a fight on new year's eve.
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the next major development will likely come from the mayor's office. he has to decide whether to force him from office which is what many women's groups are urging him to do. six months after the occupy movement first took shape on wall street, new york city police are investigating an on-line threat. it followed a clash in sioux i cotty park yesterday. police confirmed the department is seeking a subpoena to identify the person behind the alleged threat. hundreds of protesters gathered to mark the six-month anniversary of the movement. they arrested 70 people on charges of violating park rules by setting up tents and sleeping bags. it prompted occupy oakland to ramp up as well. they say they were rallying against police brutality in solidarity with occupy wall street. a series of cold, wet storms hit the bay area this past week and today the rain died down and the rain and winds kicked up.
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crews near ocean beach have been working all day to keep the great highway clear. hello, kim. >> reporter: hello, diane. mother nature did not hold back today as many of us traded our umbrellas for heavy jackets and coats and hats. high winds swept across the bay area blowing things around, keeping small boats close to shore and causing drivers to use extra caution on bridges. in pacifica, the surf was up with waves reaching as high as 17 feet. at san francisco's ocean beach, the wind-blown sand was drifting over the wall, piling on the sidewalk and parking lot. enough blew across the street that crews came out to shovel it off the road. >> you are braving the wind today. >> i don't know if i am braving. it is winning. it is freezing outside. >> winds are too crazy and the sand is flying up as well. ready to head back. >> reporter: while some were hoping for more beach-like temperatures instead of flipping out, others made the most out of
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the weather. >> a great environment. >> reporter: christopher took advantage of the nearly empty beach to get his workout in. he said he is used to the wind and in comparison this is a breeze. >> good wind for sprints later on. >> reporter: the wind couldn't keep this couple from the wedding either. >> it wasn't that cold. >> so worth it. >> so worth it. >> definitely. >> more beautiful with the wind, the waves and everything. >> reporter: despite the heavy wind gusts there were no major delays reported a thet bay area airports. i spoke to a patrol officer at the beach today. he said this weren't any problems, he said mostly because few people wanted to brave the cold water. live in san francisco, kimberly tere, nbc bay area news. >> the newlyweds were very brave. thank you. we showed you the wind and surf and now we want to bring in
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anthony slaughter with a look at what is going on with the weather. >> things are quiet as far as the radar goes. not seeing as much rain as earlier in theou dayhe a few isolated thunderstorms popped up through the day. look at this rainfall map. this is all of the rain that the bay area received this past week. in fact, some areas in the north bay, north of santa rosa picked up more than six inches of rain. that's just this week d alone. even in san rafeal, point ray. ten inches of rain. san francisco three to five and same for pacifica and the hills of dublin and this is the most impressive part. you notice just west of san jose those mountains, they received over 15 inches of rain. that includes places like big basin, redwood state park and castle rock park as well. in san jose less than one inch. let's talk more about the week's
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forecast in a few minutes. we are talking about spring on tuesday. something to look forward to. see you in a bit. >> thank you, anthony. still ahead at 11:00, we are learning more information about sergeant robert bales, the man accused of killing 16 innocent people in afghanistan. plus, how gas prices are once again playing a role in the presidential campaign. and we will have a look back at what candidate obama said four years ago about the issue. also -- >> i'm like 30% accurate. >> she is awkward and proud of it. we will introduce you to the stanford grad that creat a wildly popular internet video series coming up. ♪
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the issue of gas prices has become a factor in the presidential campaign and was playing out all weekend between the republicans and president obama. nbc's peter alexander has more. >> reporter: virtually ignoring his competitors, mitt romney attacked the obama administration on rising gas prices. >> we have to get them out and get people in that will bring down the cost of gasoline. >> reporter: president obama recently defended his record on energy and accused his challengers of over simplifying a complex problem. while romney argues for more drilling in the u.s., obama says -- >> they act like we have a magic wand and give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30
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years. >> four years ago then candidate obama used higher gas prices as an election weapon. >> after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. >> mitt romney faces another battle with rick santorum. >> i guarantee you i guarantee you, we will win this nomination. >> reporter: this marathon campaign lead to talk the nomination could for the first time in 36 years go to the national convention. rick santorum and newt gingrich are embracing an extended campaign. the chairman insists a nominee will soon emerge. >> we will have a nominee, i think fairly soon, one, two months away. >> reporter: romney dismissed speculation of a brokered convention. >> i know a lot of people will talk about delegates, strategies and math and that is interesting to the insiders. >> reporter: still it is the the delicate math that lured romney and santorum to puerto rico with
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today price's primary with 20 delegates at state. >> romney won that primary. that was peter alexander reporting. we are learning more about the american soldier accused of killing 16 innocent people in afghanistan. staff sergeant robert bales is in fort leavenworth, kansas tonight as he awaits a court-martial and murder charge. they say he was inspired to serve the country after september 11th but tonight government officials say he ruthlessly killed both young and old. while many friends say it is hard to believe that bales would hurt women and children, one friend says the sergeant expressed anger and frustration about his fourth deployment. experts say that is not unusual. >> the majority of troops use denigrating language to speak about the enemy because it's the way you put them in their place. >> reporter: he's a married father of two young children. neighbors say the family was having financial problems, as
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well. bales will have two attorneys a civilian and military lawyer. it is believed charges could be filed within a week. and now for a look at what's coming up in sports here's scott reese of comcast sportsnet. hello, scott. what's up? the cal women are up beginning their ncaa run. we will show you an impressive debut. plus, the plot thickens with regard to the 49ers quarterback situation. where was alex smith shopping around today? the answer next in sports. [ male announcer ] the draw of the past is a powerful thing. but we couldn't simply repeat history. we had to create it. introducing the 2013 lexus gs, with leading-edge safety technology, like available blind spot monitor... [ tires screech ] ...night view... and heads-up display. [ engine revving ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back. the all-new 2013 lexus gs.
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hi, everybody. scott reiss in the comcast sportsnet newsroom. the whispers are unmistake able, peyton manning to the 4 ters.
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could happen and nobody knows that better than alex smith maybe except peyton. smith met with the dolphins who are in the market for a qb even more so now that one of their targets, matt flynn, signed with seattle. no detail on the meeting other than it lasted 5.5 hours. he is coming off his finest season as a pro but apparently should not expect a hero's welcome in miami. >> the feeling about alex smith is the same feeling they have had the last 16 quarterbacks that started since marine no retired. he's not good enough. that's the way it is around here. dolphins fans want a number one pick that they pick, groom and becomes a great player. i don't think they are that high on matt flynn but sylvain is the coach and they sign him and maybe people think he has inside information. when it coming to alex smith doll fans will be under welled to say the least. >> ncaa tournament, ladies
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style. cal taking on iowa. first half, caldwell with the lay in. a one-point game n. the second half the bears open this thing up. boyd with the steal. the finish in front of everybody. she had 15. biggest lead of the day for cal 16 points. iowa would chip away late and make a run. kelly for three. makes it a six-point game but that's as close as the hawkeyes would get and the bears are on to face notre dame in the second round. the men, a crazy day. topping off a crazy weekend at the ncaa tournament. perdue, kansas, a 2 sln:10 matc. next perdue possession, humle for three. no good. kansas rebound and ahead of the pack, guess who, taylor. some said he should have dribbled out the clock. instead he flushes it.
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perdue has one last chance. down by three in the final seconds. they get a good look. game close but not close enough. 63-60. the two seed kansas advances. how about a 3 sln 11 matchup between georgetown and north carolina state. second half, di deshawn's only field goal of the day puts them up by 11. thompson for three. he had 23. four-point gachlt la jollas with a shot down by three. looked like the perdue shot but didn't hit iron. that's it. clark no go. nc state on to the sweet 16 with a three-point victory. one strange note from the tournament. four of the 16 remaining teams are from the state of ohio the new epicenter of the college hoops universe. so the folks in ohio have better brackets than mine. >> undoubtedly, me, too. thank you, scott. . let's check in right now with
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anthony slaughter. checking on the weather. it's been a crazy week, crazy weekend and more to come? >> yeah. this past week, though, final week of winter we saw whole week's worth of rain. really the deficit that we saw across the bay area is shrunk by big number we are talking some areas that had 13 inches down to ten inches as far as rainfall goes. this map, this is our jet stream that is in place. we are done with the rain but the winds remain blustery overnight. some of the highest gusts are close to 50 miles an hour near santa rosa, mount diallo 45. and san jose 32 miles an hour. here right now winds out of the west at nine. oakland stronger at 16. and the winds subsided a bit but will remain blustery overnight. they should start to subside as we head through the day tomorrow. santa rosa 42.
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gilroy 40. the weather headlines will keep cold air in place. some areas will get near freezing tonight. a frosty start tomorrow. as we head through the day tomorrow, we will see more sunshine as we end up seeing today. turned out to be a nice day across the bay area. tomorrow night rain returns and it is because of another dip in the jet stream. an area of high pressure first will bring us sunshine tomorrow. and then a storm system that is forming across the pacific. that will move this way as we head monday in to tuesday. a bit of a break from all of this rainy weather and more sunshine is forecast. it will remain cool tomorrow the. numbers will hang out in the 50s. but as we head through the upcoming week, spring begins on tuesday. we have to see warmer temperatures at least around the corner. not tomorrow, though. looking at cold air. santa rosa 31. napa 33. here in san jose around 38 degrees tomorrow morning. it will be breezy tomorrow morning. by the afternoon the wind
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subside. 59 san jose. los gatos 58. tri valley 57 and work over the peninsula, mid-50s and lower 50s. half moon bay it will be a chilly day tomorrow. the good news tuesday is the start of spring. we are talking about temperatures warming. you will notice wednesday a beautiful day expected. inland areas will get back in the mid-60s. the coastal areas, san francisco, in the mid to upper 50s by then. a couple of weak disturbances that slide this way. we are talking about spotty showers. not a lot of rain. nothing like we saw this past week where as i mentioned earlier some areas saw 15 inches of rain, we are thinking less than a quarter inch this go around. a little different story but spring is on tuesday so we will be looking at drier weather soon. >> we needed the rain so it was a good thing.
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>> now let's move on. coming up, the weather caused a change of plans for drivers in the south bay. we'll explain that. and everyone seems to be talking about the wint wier wear that is make in the bay but the northeast has unseasonably warm temperatures there. whatcha lookin' for hon?
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this week's wet weather delayed the opening of the new express toll lanes on 237 and interstate 880. the four-mile stretch of car pool lanes through the crowded silicone valley were suppose ed to be changed to so-called express lains. they allow car poolers and allow solar drivers who are willing to pay a toll. crews had to delay the change
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because of the weather. the plan is to open the lanes to paying solar drivers on tuesday. that is weather permitting, of course. a member of the nbc bay area family received a big honor today for his work behind the camera. the san francisco bay area press photographer's association presented miky vang with a first place award. he was named the video news video photographer of the year. the award was given out during the competition and three other nbc bay area videographers took home awards for stories they did. mike anderson, jeremy carroll and mark vieareal. coming up after the break we will revisit the search for that missing teenager in the south bay. police thought they discovered a lead yesterday with a cell phone. tonight, they say they are back at square one. we'll explain. plus, the weather made for rough seas and dangerous driving conditions today but some made the most of it. we will show you that.
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and everyone has their awkward moments, right which may be why a web series made by a certain awkward stanford grad is taking off. we will introduce you the show's creator and star.
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welcome back. i'm diane dwyer. tonight, sheriff depp 'tis and volunteers search for a missing 15-year-old girl in the south bay and despite a potential break in the case, officials say
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they are no closer to finding the girl. >> investigators thought they caught a break when they discovered a cell phone in a creek near sierra's house in morgan hill but it was ruled out as her phone because the family didn't recognize it and until investigators uncover new evidence and or information the search for sierra today will be the last. >> it is really hard. >> reporter: especially because everything seemed fine friday morning when she said good-bye to her 15-year-old daughter before she left for school. >> we gave each other a big hug good-bye and said we loved each other and she's been in a great mood. >> reporter: lamar said she didn't suspect anything was wrong until 6:00 friday night, 12 hours after sierra left. staff at the high school e-mailed her to tell her that sierra hadn't been to her classes. >> i wasn't happy when i was notified that way. >> reporter: investigators say that delay is partly to blame for leaving behind a cold trail.
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complicating their investigation in to whether she ran away, which she has never done before, or if she was kidnapped. day three of the search focused on fields around sierra's house. beginning with a quarter-mile stretch to where she usually catches the bus. crews went out in the morning on foot with dogs. a helicopter took over the search before night fall. but neither effort paid off with a single clue. >> my heart went out to the family. i don't know them. >> so vicki from morgan hill brought her 13-year-old daughter out to post flyers around town. they don't personally know sierra but wouldn't settle for sitting around. >> a lot of people from the community behind her. if she needs any help, food, anything. >> it hurts because she's only 15. she hadn't even lived her life yet and i'm 13 and it is so sad. >> now sierra moved from fremont to morgan hill five months ago. investigators say they are
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father lives in fremont but is not a person of interest. he's been very cooperative and they have no reason to search in that area. the investigation turns back to interviewing family, friends and other contacts who may help to move forward the case. diane? >> thank you, stephanie. we are learning more about a single-engine plane that crashed en route to san jose from arizona. search teams found the beechcraft yesterday in rough, snowy terrain, 100 miles southeast of san jose. the faa has not released the name of the pilot, but we in the the plane is registered to an aircraft sales firm in san jose. the plane took off on wednesday. the san jose mercury news says friends, monitoring the flight with gps reported the pilot missing the next day. they were supposed be on the way to paradise but a plane full of people from oakland wound up in san francisco instead. the flight made an emergency landing at sfo after reporting
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mechanical difficulties. the flight made it over the pacific ocean before turning around and making the emergency landing. no word on the exact problem but preliminary reports point to a problem with one of the engines. no injuries were reported. san francisco sheriff is due to be sentenced in court tomorrow after striking a plea bargain in his domestic violence case. the sheriff plaed pleaded guilty to false imprisonment last monday. legal experts say he will likely be fined $590 and sentenced to three years probation and a year of anger management classes. prosecutors dropped counts of domestic violence, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. a sheriff was accused of bruising his wife's arm during a fight on new year's eve. the next development in the case, though, will likely come from the mayor's office. ed lee must decide whether to try to force him out of office which is what many women's groups are urging him to do.
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for the past week the weather included rain almost every day. that is until today as the rain turned to wind and cold. kimberly tere has more on that for us. >> reporter: hello, diane. mother nature did not hold back today as many of us traded our umbrellas for heavy jackets and coats and hats. high winds swept across the bay area blowing things around, keeping small boats close to shore and causing drivers to use extra caution on bridges. in pacifica, the surf was up with waves reaching as high as 17 feet. at san francisco's ocean beach, the wind-blown sand was drifting over the wall, piling on the sidewalk and parking lot. enough blew across the street that crews came out to shovel it off the road. >> you are braving the wind today. >> i don't know if i am braving. it is winning. it is freezing outside. >> winds are too crazy and the sand is flying up as well. ready to head back. >> reporter: while some were hoping for more beach-like temperatures instead of flipping
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out, others made the most out of the weather. >> a great environment. everybody stays in the gym. >> reporter: christopher took advantage of the nearly empty beach to get his workout in. the chicago native said he's used to think wind. in comparison, this is a breeze. >> good conditions, challenging. good wind for sprirts later on. >> the wind couldn't keep these newlyweds from the sand and surf either. they say the wind was worth the photo that's will get later. >> it wasn't that cold. >> so worth it. >> so worth it. >> definitely. >> more beautiful with the wind, the waves and everything. >> reporter: despite the heavy wind gusts there were no major delays reported a the bay area airports. i spoke to a patrol officer at the beach today. he said this weren't any problems, he said mostly because few people wanted to brave the cold water. except for a few wind surfers. live in san francisco, kimberly tere, nbc bay area news.
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>> i don't blame them. it looked awfully cold out there. thank you. we want to bring in anthony slaughter with a look at the weather tonight and tomorrow. hello, anthony. >> we are talking about the heavy rainfall amounts. one area that saw a lot of rain over the past week was santa rosa. their deficit went from 16 inches to 13 inches. so basically they got almost over three inches of rain here this week alone. that's just one area that received quite a drenching this week. look at the radar and you can see not much happening right now. we haven't seen clouds in place. that's the jet stream but you have heard so much about the rain and wind we can't forget about the snow. look at all of the snow. if you are on spring break you may have a great place to head to, squaw valley over 80 inches of snow this week alone. oh, man, some of the skiers will love this. we are talking about spring this week. moving in on tuesday. more details on a spring-like forecast that may not involve as
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much snow coming up in a bit. diane? >> thank you, anthony. still ahead, the republicans continue to battle it out for the nomination. we have the latest on the race for the white house. and no, this is not miami beach. it's lake michigan believe it or not. we will show you more incredible pictures as record-breaking temperatures hit scores of cities across the country. whoever said that "less is more" is more or less mathematically challenged. less isn't more, it's less. and the only thing more than more is a lot more. which is exactly what i get at embassy suites.
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mitt romney won another primary today. rick santorum's wins last week put the front runner on the defensive and right now every delegate counts. brian moore has the latest. >> reporter: mitt romney is the projected winner of puerto rico's sunday primary. he walks away with 20 delegates, and that's a critical step toward slowing rick santorum's momentum. [ laughter ] >> reporter: romney was on the ground in tuesday's battleground, illinois, and
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attacking president obama in his own backyard. >> he's an economic lightweight and made decisions that hurt the american people. it is time to put in an economic heavyweight and i am and i will get the job done. >> reporter: six days before the louisiana primary, santorum is hoping to hit another home run by focussing on social issues. >> marriage, family and life. they are at the core. they can't be ignored. >> reporter: santorum, newt gingrich and ron paul are all trying to drag out the fight and keep romney from winning enough delegates to nail down the nomination. >> we're only at halftime. i think this process is going to play itself out. we will have a nominee. i think fairly soon, one, two months away. >> reporter: but the tampa convention may not turn out to be a corn nation. the "new york times" reports that republicans are already preparing for the possibility of a nomination floor fiechlt brian moore, nbc news, washington.
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we are learning more about that american soldier accused of killing 16 innocent people in afghanistan. sergeant robert bales, the man accused of killing 16 innocent people in afghanistan. they say he was a dedicated soldier inspired to the serve the country after september 11th but tonight government official says he rooutslessly killed young and old. many friends said they couldn't believe that bales would hurt women and children, a friend did say the sergeant expressed anger and frustration about his fourth deployment. experts say that is not unusual. >> the majority of troops use denigrating language to speak about the enemy because it's the way you put them in their place. >> reporter: he's a married father of two young children. neighbors say the family was having financial problems, as well. bales will have two attorneys a civilian and military lawyer. it is believed charges could be filed within a week.
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christians in damascus protested against suicide car bombings in syria the last two days. the tv showed the aftermath of the explosion in the north. the report gave no information on casualties or damage. the videos show badly damaged building, burned cars and shattered glass. the state news agency called it a terrorist bombing. another suicide car bombing killed at least 27 people yesterday in the capital. the opposition to syrian president bashar al-assad denied having any role or the capacity to have carried out such a sophisticated attack. the government is blaming the attacks on quote terrorists. al qaeda is blamed for the death of an american teacher in yemen today. a high ranking official said the teacher was shot by a gunman riding a motorcycle. the teacher with was an adviser at a swedish affiliated institute and died immediately after he was shot we're told. the new york times reports he had been living in the city with his wife and two children for several years.
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just about every aspiring movie maker's dream is to make their mark in hollywood, but one stanford grad is settling for internet fame, at least for now. we are introduced to the writer, director and star of this very awkward and very popular series. >> oh, my gosh. it's you. >> did you ever think that being awkward would have a cult following? listen to someone who discovered it could. >> i never expected somebody, like 50,000 to come out and pro- claim i'm awkward. >> reporter: she is the writer and director of the miss misadventures of an awkward black girl. it is a show produced for the web.
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>> i'm not 100% awkward. i'm 30% awkward. >> the characters in the show are awkward too. she say she knows what awkward feels like and in her web show she wanted to exmoit the fact it has nothing to do with race. >> i'm so awkward. >> i'd like to experience all of these uncomfortable social situations. >> reporter: she is a stanford graduate and considers this man her mentor. >> you don't every day get a student focused on what they want to do long term has a vision and follows it. she had that vision and stayed wit and made it work. as we know it is hard to make a career in the arts but her dedication and talent allowed her to do so. >> what's next for ray? >> to either end up, or stay on-line with millions of viewers and sponsorships or end to up on hbo. that's my ultimate dream.
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>> reporter: a dream, yes. is it awkward, no. she believes it could very well back reality. >> really nice. >> cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> all right. winter is finally showing up here in northern california. summer is kicking in across the country. tonight the midwest, south and east are enjoying temperatures above average for march. tomorrow in 90 major cities they are expected the flirt with record temperatures. for what is behind this and what lies ahead, weather channel mike sidel reports. >> it was another beach day in chicago in march. five 80 degree days in a row. 35 above average. >> i have never seen people playing volleyball on the beach in march. >> reporter: in the nation's capital, a few people still on the ice but the rink is closing today due to the balmy temperatures. in its place an earl hi show of cherry blossoms, kicking off the
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100 year anniversary with a festival this week. >> it is a surprise that everything is blooming so early. it is beautiful. >> runners across the country were in for a surprise. the athletes from georgia's normally cool marathon competed today in shorts and t-shirts in temperatures heading toward 70. new york's participants were treated to unseasonable warmth. while l.a. marathoners ran in unusually chilly conditions. what is causing the records? it is the jet stream. bulging way up in to canada, blocking cold air from moving south and allowing staggering air to move north. not everyone was enjoying the sun. flagstaff, arizona was pounded with a foot of snow, shutting down a long stretch of interstate 40 for hours. in the sierra, they received three feet of long h-awaited sn. >> i'm okay with the jet stream because we need the cold temperatures, rain and little snow. are we going to get anymore?
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>> this jet stream has started to lift out of the area. that's gd news. although we did need the rain. got it and now i to warmer temperatures. spring begins on tuesday but look at the morning temperatures for tomorrow. you wouldn't be able to tell. 31 for the forecasted low tomorrow morning in santa rosa. a frosty start. morgan hill 34. san jose temperatures tomorrow around 38. grab the heavier coat tomorrow before you step out for work and school. if you are on spring break, maybe you want to head to the sierra, looking at powdery conditions up there. 45 san jose. san mateo 46. oakland as well. the cold air will be in place for at least tonight. spring begins on tuesday. that means warmer temperatures are on the horizon. tuesday and wednesday back in the 60s for many of us. monday to tuesday there will be another system that slides this way. monday night showers in the forecast. an area of high pressure positioned off the coast of
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california. that will slide this way. dip in the jet stream will push eastward. that will produce severe weather in the plains this week. for us i think we are done with the heavy rain. high pressure for tomorrow. so we will see a break from the showers but it will remain cool. coastal areas only in the lower 50s for daytime highs. inland areas in the upper 50s. tuesday, spotty showers move in and for wednesday, the first full day of spring will be the pick day of the week with temperatures in the 60s across the board. you will notice the showers move in at least tomorrow night. say 4:00, 5:00 in the evening. for the evening rush hour and through the day with us on tuesday. tuesday off and on shower activity is what we are looking at. tuesday night we dry out. that leaves for a beautiful wednesday. you will notice to the north showers will develop late on wednesday. that will eventually move this way for the weekend. wednesday is the pick day of the week. enjoy that. 31 for the start in santa rosa
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tomorrow. oakland at 40 to start off your monday. here in san jose we are back to 59 tomorrow. evergreen near 60. to the east bay, concord 58. and again 50s will dominate the board across the peninsula, stretching up togo degas bay. cloud cover tomorrow. not a lot of sunshine but as we head to tuesday, spotty showers move in. 60s move in with the rain pulling in to the region as the system slides ouf the southwest. 60s for tuesday and wednesday. even the coastal areas warm, close to 60 but it gets cut short because we are tracking another system that will move this way for the upcoming weekend. make sure if you are heading out this weekend, stay tune. it is several days away but i think we know how it works forecast gets more accurate every day. the middle of the week the weekend try to make plans you will have a better idea for the
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rain chance moving out of the picture. >> since we work weekends wednesday is a good day to run around. >> yeah. >> good. thanks a lot. >> still ahead the weather got in the way of the long-awaited express toll lane. we will have the late es on when those lanes may finally open and new research suggests little decisions about what you drink and eat will shorten your life span. what you need to know about sugary drinks and red meat. that hamburger looks good, doesn't it? coming up.
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there's a new report out about diet and its impact on heart disease, and it involves sugary drinks and red meat. robert bazell has more. >> reporter: every day we make decisions about what to eat and drink. it often seems what is good for us one day is not the next. >> eating too much red meat.
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>> reporter: that's because research hasn't always been clear. >> in the late '70s people were told to avoid eggs or all fat if you could but there is no evidence, no data supporting that. >> reporter: now long-term research is steadily revealing that little decisions that we make actually carry a lot of weight. researchers at harvard university followed more than 40,000 men over 22 years and found those consuming just one 12 ounce sugar-sweetened drink a day increased their chance of having a heart attack by 20%. two sugary drinks 42% increase and three a day, 69%. >> it causes a spike in blood sugar and causes a big burst of insulin. if we do this day after day that is hanging around. not just a spike for a few hours. >> reporter: the american beverage association disagrees and in response to the study said drinking sweetened beverages does not cause an increased risk of heart disease
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adding these finding could have been the result of other lifestyle changes. another study looking at red meat consumption over 28 years found men and women who ate a serving a day were 13% more likely to die prematurely. the beef association says no one food has been shown to affect mortality and the scientific evidence to support the role of lean beef in a healthy balanced diet is strong. as a result of many studies accumulate, what defines a healthy diet is becoming more clear. experts suggest eating more nuts, poultry and fish as sources of protein. fewer refined carbs, staying away from saturated and trans fats and going for good fats instead. the real question is, do we have the will power to make those healthy choices. robert bazell, nbc news, new york. >> that's all the question. the weather delayed the opening of the toll lanes on
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880. they were supposed to be changed to so-called express lanes on thursday. express lanes allow car poolers and solar drivers who are willing to pay a toll. the plan is to open the lanes to paying solar drivers on tuesday. that is, of course, weather permitting and you are telling us likely weather should permit. >> i think it should. we have a few spotty showers in the forecast for tuesday but more dry than wet time. >> not what we were looking at last week. very good. the chris matthews show is next. have a good week. we will see you next week. good night. ♪ [ male announcer ] for our families... our neighbors... and our communities... america's beverage companies have created a wide range of new choices. developing smaller portion sizes and more low- & no-calorie beverages... adding clear calorie labels so you know exactly what you're choosing... and in schools, replacing full-calorie soft drinks with lower-calorie options.
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